Contract Status: Driver: 201?; Primary Sponsor: 201?
New spotter at Tommy Baldwin Racing: Doug Campbell, of Berlin, CT, provided the "eyes in the sky" this season as Millis teen Tommy Barrett Jr. tore up the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Along the way, the duo became friends with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Mario Fiore, of Agawam. Using Fiore's many connections in NASCAR, Campbell landed a chance to spot for #37-J.J. Yeley at three Sprint Cup races (New Hampshire, Dover, Charlotte) this past fall. On Thursday, Fiore revealed via Facebook that Campbell, 20, had received a more permanent position. Campbell confirmed that beginning with testing at Daytona International Speedway in January, he will be spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing, which fielded cars last season for #36-Dave Blaney and #10-David Reutimann. The relationship will continue through Speedweeks in February. Campbell is preparing for his move to North Carolina.(Republican)(12-16-2012)
C & C Audio, Video and Appliance joins #37 team as primary sponsor: C & C Audio, Video and Appliance will support J.J. Yeley on the #37 C & C Audio, Video and Appliance, Inc. Chevy this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the team's primary sponsor. The Louisiana-based company was an associate partner for Dave Blaney and the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway. C & C Audio, Video and Appliance, founded in 1975, is one of the largest home-owned and -operated TV and appliance dealers in Louisiana. The company is run based on principles that were established in 1975: Quality Products, Reasonable Prices, and Service Before and After the Sale. "We are thrilled to support J.J. and promote our business to NASCAR's loyal fans," said C & C Audio, Video and Appliance Owner Roger LeBlanc. "J.J. is a good friend, and we are glad that we can help him run the Sprint Cup Series season finale."(TBR)(11-14-2012)
Yeley in the #36 at Dover: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Dover International Speedway Sunday, September 30 to remind NASCAR fans to 'Drive Sober' with a special paint scheme and a full weekend of activities. J.J. Yeley will pilot the #36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet in the AAA 400. The OHS is committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Delaware highways. The advertising program at Dover International Speedway is part of their education and outreach activities in the community to promote safe driving. The OHS chose to promote the 'Drive Sober' campaign during the race weekend because data shows that 81% of impaired drivers causing fatal crashes in Delaware are males, 36% of alcohol-related fatal accidents occur on Fridays and Saturdays, and fatalities in September doubled between 2010 and 2011. Delaware conducts DUI checkpoints every weekend from July to December as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce is to stop impaired driving throughout Delaware. The OHS wants everyone to drive safe and Arrive Alive. Visit www.DUIrealtime.com for public information on the campaign. Yeley will pilot the #36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet for TBR. The Phoenix, Ariz., native made 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the mile track. He collected two top-10 finishes and two top-five starts in the NNS. He tallied a best NSCS start of 14th in the Spring 2006 event and a best NSCS finish of 24th in the Spring 2008 event. TBR made eight starts at Dover International Speedway. Dave Blaney posted the team's best finish of 26th in the Spring 2011 event. "We are happy to have the OHS on board for Dover and J.J. in the car," said TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. "The OHS is promoting a very important campaign in safe driving. They will have a good footprint at the track, including an exhibit where fans can drive tricycles while wearing impairment goggles. We love working with J.J. He is a good driver, and we are looking forward to what we can do together at Dover."(TBR)(9-22-2012)
Yeley moving to Tommy Baldwin Racing: UPDATE: J.J. Yeley, who has been driving the #49 for Robinson-Blakeney Racing, tweeted Wednesday morning, "Making some positive changes for the remainder of 2012. Moving over to TBR". No additional details available yet.(7-18-2012)
UPDATE: Max Q Motorsports (MQM) Owner Larry Gunselman announced that MQM and Tommy Baldwin Racing have formed a technical alliance. J.J. Yeley will be the driver of the MQM #37 entry effective immediately. "Max Q has been trying to put itself in position get back into the 'Cup series and be competitive," explained Gunselman. "Tommy and I got to talking and he explained where he want his program to go. He would like to build his program like the Hendrick, RCR and Roush teams by selling cars and engineering to make their program better, and that is something that I been looking to do to get my program to the next level." TBR competed with two teams this season in the NSCS. The team, formed in 2009, also started a NASCAR Nationwide team this season, running a partial schedule. "The only way we are going to get better is to be able to get our product out there more and have different people working on it," Tommy Baldwin said. "I'm confident that with the group of guys Larry is assembling along with J. J. behind the wheel it will benefit both teams."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(7-20-2012)
Max Q Motorsports looking for deal to keep team running: Larry Gunselman, owner of the Max Q Motorsports #37 Sprint Cup team is seeking new opportunities to keep his #37 team operational. The RWR plans to purchase Max Q and run for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year fell through when negotiations to purchase a top 35 team after race 5 failed. "Rick Ware and I have been good friends for many years and I wish RWR the best of luck and we may put another program together in the future," stated Gunselman. "The #37 team is back-up for sale and having made every attempt in 2012 the team would be in the next 2 races in case of a rain out. Our goal is to put a new program together in the next couple of weeks or I will be forced to liquidate company assets." The team is in the process of moving from the RWR shop in Thomasville back to their fully operational shop in Mooresville and has a fleet of seven Sprint Cup racecars, transportation equipment including a truck, transporter and pit equipment, as well as, all of the equipment necessary to run a small and efficient Sprint Cup operation.(Max Q PR)(4-5-2012)
Timmy Hill returning to Nationwide Series: Timmy Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, will return to the Nationwide Series with Rick Ware Racing for the remainder of the 2012 season, starting with the Friday, April 13th event at Texas Motor Speedway. Hill and the RWR team attempted the move to the Sprint Cup Series this year. "Rick Ware Racing has been awesome to me throughout my entire racing career," said Hill. "We as a team took a chance to compete in the Sprint Cup Series and move this team to the next level. We learned a lot from this experience, but it's time to take a step back and regroup on what we learned to apply that for the future. So we are temporarily putting the Cup program on hold. We are not out of racing and you will see myself and Rick Ware Racing at Texas ready to go in the Nationwide Series race."(Hill PR)(4-3-2012)
Hill, Wise running for Rookie of the Year: Josh Wise and Timmy Hill are not sure exactly how many races they'll compete in during the 2012 Sprint Cup season, but they plan to be racing each other for Sprint Cup's top rookie honors. Both Wise and Hill have registered for the rookie program and took their first Cup laps of the season this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Wise, who drove in 31 Nationwide races for three teams including JR Motorsports last year and has four career starts in the Cup Series, is driving the #26 car for Front Row Motorsports, which Tony Raines qualified in for the Daytona 500. #37-Hill, the 2011 Nationwide rookie of the year, is looking to make his Cup debut after failing to qualify Saturday at Phoenix. He is driving a car fielded by Rick Ware Racing and Max Q Motorsports in a deal that came together the last few weeks. Both Wise and Hill are not certain how many races they'll compete in this season. Wise and Front Row need sponsorship for that car to run the full events. Hill hopes to be in the car every race but knows that if he misses some, the team might put someone else in the car to try to get it in the top 35.(Scene Daily)(3-5-2012)
Ware joins forces with MaxQ: Rick Ware Racing and Poynt.com (free mobile app.) have finalized a deal to run Timmy Hill for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year. "I am very excited to have our sponsor and driver make a move up to the Sprint Cup Series" says owner Rick Ware. RWR will run the full Sprint Cup schedule with sponsor Poynt on board. Mike Wallace will drive the 54th annual Daytona 500. Timmy Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Rookie of the Year, will be at Daytona in his Poynt Nationwide Ford. Hill will start driving the #37 full time at Auto Club in March or Texas in April. RWR has joined forces with Larry Gunselman's Max Q Motorsports #37 for the full season. The Sprint Cup operation will run out of RWR's new 24,000 sq. ft. facility across the street from RWR's Nationwide and Rolex programs. Hill's crew chief will be veteran Bill Henderson. Ken Glen formerly of KHI will serve as Competition Director and Larry Gunselman will be General Manager of the #37 Poynt.com Ford.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(2-15-2012)
MaxQ Motorsports considering several drivers: Larry Gunselman's MaxQ Motorsports, which ran the #37 last season, indicated late in 2011 that the team would run full-time with Josh Wise vying for the 2012 Rookie of the Year. In an email, Gunselman tells News/Talk WSB that the team still plans to run, but is now considering three or four drivers, including Wise. Wise start-and-parked the No. 37 three times and the #66 one time last season.(WSB Radio)(1-23-2012)
Josh Wise Eligible for 2012 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year: Josh Wise, driver of the #37 Max Q Motorsports Ford, will be eligible for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2012 even if he runs ten races this year. He is only accumulating points in the Nationwide Series, thus making him eligible. Team Owner, Larry Gunselman, stated, "Josh Wise has proven himself. He has talent and with his performance at Dover everyone can see that he is a serious contender for Rookie of the Year in 2012. Our company, Max Q is positioned and ready. We have everything in place, the people, equipment and the drive to succeed. Our team is ready to race in 2012, and we need a sponsor to help make it happen." Max Q is seeking marketing partners to run Josh Wise in the #37 in an attempt to compete for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the year.(Max Q PR)(10-19-2011)
Bradley University to assist #37, special paint scheme at Chicago: Eight Bradley University [Peoria, IL] sports communication students will have the unique opportunity for a weekend internship at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Chicago area. The students will assist the #37 Sprint Cup team with promotions and public relations. The #37 Bradley University Sprint Cup Ford Fusion will be wrapped in the University's markings and the BU Braves logo during the Sprint Car event. The white Bradley #37 Ford, covered in red University markings, will be driven by Josh Wise at the Geico 400 this weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Wise will attempt to qualify on Saturday for the Sunday race; his teammate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is Danica Patrick. "This is another wonderful example of hands-on experiential learning opportunities available to Bradley students," President Joanne Glasser said. "I want to thank Max Q Motorsports and NASCAR for allowing our students to bring what they learn in the classroom onto the race track." The #37 Bradley University Sprint Cup Ford Fusion show car, an authentic race car, will be displayed at Olin Quad on the Bradley campus on Thursday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bradley sports communication students will be available to explain details of the #37 race car and their involvement in the Geico 400. "We welcome Bradley University students to Chicagoland to experience firsthand the excitement of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing and to learn more about career opportunities in our sport," said Max Q Motorsports Owner Larry Gunselman. Gunselman has donated the primary sponsorship of the race car for the Geico 400 to Bradley University. Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. This size provides students extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.(Bradley University), see image of the scheme on the #37 Team Schemes page.(9-15-2011)
Gunselman takes over #37 team: As of last week MaxQ motorsports and owner Larry Gunselman has entered into an agreement to take over the #37 Sprint Cup team. Bob Jenkins will be a minority owner for the remainder of 2011. Max Q has been operating the #37 team in parnership under the Front Row banner since Phoenix. NASCAR approved the transfer last week. Max Q Motorsports is looking forward to the remainder of the 2011 season and is activley loooking for marketing partners for 2011 and 2012.(Max Q Motorsports)
AND: Bebida Beverage Company announced , after a fantastic response from backing Fas Lane Racing and driver Ken Schrader at Michigan International Speedway in last week's NASCAR Sprint Cup event, it will shift gears and NASCAR teams to back Kentucky's own, former Nationwide series Champion Jeff Green. Green will be driving the MAXQ NASCAR Sprint Cup Car #37 in this week's event at Thunder Valley in Bristol, TN in the Irwin Tools Night Race 500. BeBevCo's Relaxation drink KOMA Unwind will once again be the primary sponsor for the Ford entry.(PRN Newswire)(8-26-2011)
Scott Speed in the #46 for rest of season: Scott Speed has signed on with Whitney Motorsports to run the rest of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races in the #46 Ford Fusion. Speed has recently been driving the #37 Ford and has qualified for all three NSCS races that he has attempted. Speed also just came off of a sixth place finish for Kevin Harvick Inc. this past weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal. The #46 Ford Fusion, with the FR9 Roush Yates engines, owned by Dusty Whitney, plans to run the remainder of the races this season in the NSCS starting at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. "I really like Dusty and his guys," said Speed. "They work really hard with the little amount that they have. There is a lot of passion over here and I love how tight of a group we are, we are the underdogs and I love it."
"Scott has shown us what a tremendous asset he is," said Dusty Whitney, owner of Whitney Motorsports. "We are extremely excited about having him drive our car. He is a great guy with an amazing talent. We hope to make our mark before the season is over. We have sponsors lined up for Atlanta and Kansas, and are on the prowl for the other races. I feel that Scott and this team have a lot to offer anyone that wants to get into the sport of NASCAR." The #46 Ford Fusion sits outside the top-35 in the NSCS Owners Points, therefore Scott Speed will have to qualify the car at each race.(Scott Speed Facebook)(8-22-2011)
Green Stuff sponsoring Speed at Watkins Glen: The #37 Max Q Motorsports Ford will serve as the Green Stuff Ford at Watkins Glen this weekend. Green Stuff served as an associate sponsor on the #37 Ford Fusion in Indy a few weeks ago, and they are now stepping up as the primary sponsor for the 2.45-mile road course with Scott Speed behind the wheel. Green Stuff is a fairly new product on the market, however it has taken off rather quickly. The eco-friendly product is the best in the marketplace. With products already being sold to NASA and many within the oil drilling industry, the Green Stuff absorbent is off to a good start and hopes to continue its success.(Scott Speed PR)(8-12-2011)
Speed to drive 3 races in the #37: Max Q Motorsports has signed Scott Speed to drive the #37 Ford. The team will start running Speed this weekend in Indianapolis, at the 18th annual Brickyard 400. The 28-year-old former Formula One driver Scott Speed, who drove for Red Bull Racing in the Sprint Cup Series the last two years, will make his first start since 2010. Speed has 76 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, with one top-five and three top-10s, eight top-10s in 13 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and one win, four top-fives and nine top-10s in 16 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team will be running Speed in a Ford Fusion with the FR9 Roush Yates engines. The duo plans to run at the next three races - Indy, Pocono and Watkins Glen with hopes of continuing the rest of the 2011 season pending sponsorship.(Speed PR)(7-25-2011)
Rick Ware Racing teams up with #37 team: UPDATE: Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced that 2009 Trans Am Series Champion, and Rolex Grand Am Series and American Le Mans Series driver, Tomy Drissi has joined their organization. Tomy Drissi's arrival marks the beginning of the newly formed alignment with Sprint Cup Series team, Front Row Motorsports #37 for RWR at the upcoming road course events and possibly some premier oval track dates as well. Drissi will drive the #37 RWR-Rise of the Planet of the Apes Ford at Infineon Raceway this weekend for the organization and then race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen and Montreal later this season as well as the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona road race that strangely he has wanted to race his entire career but never given the opportunity until now. "Having Tomy Drissi in our camp marks exciting times for RWR," stated Rick Ware. "I have watched Tomy race his entire career and to have him race for us and our alignment with Front Row Motorsports will provide another avenue for our marketing partners here at RWR."(Rick Ware Racing), the movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, stars James Franco and is scheduled to be in theaters on August 5th. See an image of the car on my #37 team paint schemes page.(6-21-2011)
UPDATE: Drissi was reportedly not approved to run the race by NASCAR, so the team hired Chris Cook to drive this weekend.(6-25-2011)
Black Cat Fireworks adds sponsorship of #37 team at Kansas: Black Cat Fireworks announced another race in its sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Tony Raines #37 and the Max Q Motorsports Team. Black Cat will fire up the track again at Kansas Speedway on June 5th.(PR)(6-2-2011)
Black Cat Fireworks to sponsor #37, images: Black Cat Fireworks hopes to light up the NASCAR tracks with its recently announced sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver, Tony Raines #37 Ford. "As the premier brand of fireworks in the US, Black Cat is extremely fired up about this partnership with Larry Gunselman and his Max Q Motorsports Team," shared Chris Noland, Director of Marketing for the Fireworks sponsor. In China, "black cats" are a symbol of "luck and good fortune" and the Black Cat tagline "The Best You Can Get" should be a real incentive for the Sprint Cup Team. "As a lifelong fan of fireworks, I am really looking forward to this explosive partnership with Black Cat Fireworks," said Raines. The Black Cat brand was introduced in the US in the 1940's and is now the oldest and most highly recognized fireworks brand in the country. Black Cat Fireworks will sponsor the #37 Ford at the Sprint Showdown and Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in June and Daytona in July. Firehouse Subs, a fast casual restaurant chain with more than 430 locations and founded by firefighting brothers, Chris Sorenson and Robin Sorenson, will be an associate sponsor for those races.(PR), see images of the car on my #37 Team Schemes page.(5-19-2011)
Gunselman managing #37 team: From the Front Row Motorsports Facebook page, "The #37 car is now managed by Larry Gunselman in a partnership between Front Row Motorsports and Larry's Max Q Motorsports team. The team will have a more formal announcement coming with more information about plans moving forward."(3-25-2011)
Kvapil and Gilliland Return to Front Row in '11: Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland will be back behind the wheels of their Front Row Motorsports Fords for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The Statesville, N.C.-based team announced Friday that the veteran drivers will return for the organization's third full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series, with Kvapil racing the #34 Long John Silver's Ford and David Gilliland in the #38 Taco Bell Ford. The team plans to enter its third car, the #37 Ford, in select races during the 2011 season.
"I'm thrilled to have Travis and David back," said Bob Jenkins, owner of Front Row Motorsports. "We're going into our third season running full-time in Sprint Cup racing and we're really starting to build something here with these guys. Our drivers are back, (Taco Bell team crew chief) Peter Sospenzo is back, (general manager) Jerry Freeze is into his third season running the team for us. So, I'm really excited to keep building with this core group."
Front Row also made two important additions to further the team's growth and competitiveness on track. The team appointed Derrick Finley to the newly created position of competition director and named Bill Henderson crew chief of the #34 team. Finley is a degreed engineer who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Front Row. He has held leadership roles with some of the most storied teams in the sport's history, including Dale Earnhardt Inc., Bill Davis Racing and Petty Enterprises.
"I'm really excited to join Front Row and especially to be back working with Ford," said Finley. "It's ironic that I'll be back in the same shop where I cut my teeth in racing with (former NASCAR team owner) Travis Carter, and working again with the engineering staff at Ford Racing. Ford has a lot of great new tools and significant resources for their teams, and I can't wait to use them to help Front Row move up the grid."
New crew chief Henderson brings the #34 Long John Silver's team more than 12 years of experience in the NASCAR garage, most recently as general manager for Prism Motorsports and crew chief for the team's #66 entry. His racing resume also includes crew chief roles in the Nationwide Series with FitzBradshaw Racing and in the Sprint Cup Series with drivers Kyle Petty and Dave Blaney.
Sospenzo will be back atop the pit box of the #38 Taco Bell team, kicking off his third season with the Front Row organization. He was paired with Gilliland for the final 12 races of the 2010 season in what proved to be a successful driver-crew chief relationship that produced several strong runs on the track. The late-season boost sent the team into the off-season feeling optimistic they can return even stronger in 2011.
In addition to solidifying its team roster, Front Row Motorsports made some off-season advances in its equipment, setting the stage for improved performance in 2011. The team will begin using Ford's new FR9 engines, provided by Roush-Yates Racing Engines, and has upgraded its racing stable with the recent asset purchase of 34 racecars from Richard Petty Motorsports.
"I'm pretty excited for this year," continued Jenkins. "We've got the newer engine and upgraded our equipment, we've got our core people back and added some new talent, too. All the pieces are in place and we're ready to go."(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(1-21-2011)
Richardson to run for Front Row in Daytona 500: Robert Richardson Jr. plans to run the Daytona 500 for Front Row Motorsports [likely the #37 team], just as he did last year for the team, when he finished 31st. Richardson also ran the other three restrictor plate races for FRM last year, with a best finish 23rd at Daytona in July. The Daytona 500 is the only Sprint Cup race he plans to run in 2011, with backing likely coming from longtime R3 sponsor Mahindra Tractors. His family owned team, #23 R3 Motorsports, which made a few 2010 attmepts currently has no plans to run in the Sprint Cup Series this year. R3 Motorsports does intend on running at least a full Nationwide Series schedule this year, but, Richardson says, no firm plans on a driver and sponsor lineup are in place. "Nothing has been finalized. We are still in search of partnerships with companies who are wanting to advertise in NASCAR," Richardson told WSB via email. "Walter Giles is listed as our crew chief. We have the capability to run two teams out of our stable. We have currently completed an adition to our shop to house a second team if necessary."(WSBRadio.com)(1-21-2011)
Front Row looking for a crew chief: hearing Front Row Motorsports #34 crew chief Brian Burns has left the team, no word on who will replace Burns as Travis Kvapil's crew chief in 2011 but the team is supposedly looking for a crew chief. Hearing plans are to run Kvapil full time in the #34 Ford and David Gilliland full time in the #38 [using #37 owners points] with the #37 Ford being run part time [using #38 owners ppoints, which are not in the top 35 for the first 5 races].(12-20-2010)
Edwards wins with FR9 Engine, will run all races in 2011: Carl Edwards' Ford Fusion has been on an impressive winning streak, earning front row starting positions and capturing the win in the last two Nationwide Series races. Edward's also qualified on the pole during this week's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway and swept the weekend by winning the Kobalt Tools 500. Edwards drives the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion powered by Roush Yates' new FR9 engine. The FR9 is the first Ford purpose-built race engine ever engineered and produced at Roush Yates Engines in Mooresville, NC. The new Ford engine has been integrated slowly into the Sprint Cup Series throughout the second half of the 2010 season with help from Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports' cars racing the engine intermittently. It has been a remarkable learning period for the FR9, with a total of 5 poles and 3 wins, including Edwards' win this weekend that required both horsepower and efficient fuel mileage to beat Championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. "The new FR9 engine that Ford helped us with certainly was a factor today," said Jack Roush, owner of Roush Fenway Racing. "The fact that we were able to save gas and still have enough speed to maintain position on the race track was all very good. I'm thrilled to be in Victory Lane this weekend." Even though a Championship is out of reach for Ford this year, the FR9 engine has shown an impressive increase in performance and reliability throughout the second half of the 2010 Sprint Cup season. These improvements bring enthusiasm to the Ford Racing and Roush Yates Engines camps, as they plan to run the FR9 in all Ford cars for the full 2011 Sprint Cup Season.
"I'm excited to be running the FR9 in all Fords for the entire 2011 Sprint Cup Season and soon to come for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines. "Carl's win at Phoenix is just another testament to the power Roush Yates' FR9 engine is capable of. Everyone at the engine shop has been working hard to get this engine just right, and we are extremely proud of Roush Fenway Racing and their accomplishments with it this year. I look forward to watching the FR9 race at Ford Championship weekend next week at Homestead, as well as the 2011 Sprint Cup Season."(Roush Yates Engines)(11-15-2010)
Front Row to 2 cars? Kvapil returns in 2011: from an interview with driver Travis Kvapil:
Kvapil: For next year, we're going to up our goals. It looks like we'll have some better equipment and a better gameplan for next year. We probably won't have three teams. I'm not 100% sure on that, but it looks like we'll be able to focus our attention on two cars, two teams, and that should make us better.
Q) How much of a difference will a two-car shift make?
Kvapil: That's part of what I'm talking about [that] I don't think people understand. Going from Texas to Phoenix after the race, we have to pull ballast, lead, out of these cars for our Phoenix cars. We just don't have enough stuff. We have to pull sway bar arms, springs - we just don't have the components to really be prepared. Hopefully downsizing would be able to help that. We've got three cars on the track right now. We downsize to two, that frees up a lot of equipment and components to where it'd be easier to be better prepared.(Frontstretch)(11-11-2010)
Blaney uninjured in car wreck: Dave Blaney was uninjured in an auto accident Sunday night when he hit a deer while returning home from the airport after the Texas race.(Roanoke Times)(11-10-2010)
Front Row #38 to keep running despite points position: After Talladega, #7-Robby Gordon is in 34th place, 14 points ahead of #71-TRG, which is 116 points ahead of Front Row's #38 third car and 217 points clear of #26-Latitude43. Since August, Front Row had put a lot of its focus on getting the 38 back in the top 35, where it comfortably sat until it was penalized 150 points in June for illegally modified tire-valve caps. Since Michigan in August, in three different three-race periods, Front Row had made up significant gaps on 35th: 87, 85 and 79 points, respectively. After the most recent three-race period, which ended at Charlotte, Front Row's car was only five points out of 35th going into Martinsville two weekends ago. But after breaking a rear-end gear there as Kvapil was running well ahead of the 7 and 71, and finishing 35th -- and now the Talladega debacle -- Freeze said the team would reshuffle its plan for the rest of this season. "We knew this weekend was going to be a challenge, so [breaking the gear] was a huge setback. Bob [Jenkins, team owner] and I talked about it [Sunday] morning and we're still going to run the 38 the last three races and make the best effort with it.(NASCAR.com)(11-2-2010)
Andy Griffith Show scheme to be run by Blaney; image: CBS Consumer Products in conjunction with HLG Licensing and Front Row Motorsports will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show with an original NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car in this weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The car, which features the main characters of the iconic television series and a patrol-car paint scheme, will be fielded by Front Row's #37 Ford Fusion team and driver Dave Blaney. Starting this week, fans of The Andy Griffith Show and Front Row Motorsports will be able to purchase their own souvenirs to commemorate the running of the anniversary racecar. No. 37 50th Anniversary Andy Griffith Show team hats and hooded sweatshirts will be available online at www.Yerzies.com.
"We couldn't think of a better place to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show than its home state of North Carolina," said Liz Kalodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products. "The NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the perfect event for that celebration."
"Like so many other people, I've always loved The Andy Griffith Show," said the #37 Ford Fusion Team owner Bob Jenkins. "We first started talking about doing this paint scheme a while ago, and now it's really cool to see it come together and see it on the car in person. I think fans of the show are really going to like it."
"It's pretty cool to have the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show on our car for Charlotte," said Blaney. "I remember watching it with my family back in the day, and we still catch the reruns every once in a while now. We're happy to welcome the show back to its home state of North Carolina and give it a good run on the #37 car."(Front Row Motorsports), orginally the scheme was to run on the #34 FRM Ford with Travis Kvapil driving. See image of the scheme on my #37 Team Scheme page.(10-12-2010)
Crew chief changes again at Front Row: The teams of Front Row Motorsports will have new leadership atop the pit boxes beginning with this weekend's race events in Fontana, Calif. Front Row has named Brian Burns crew chief of Travis Kvapil's Long John Silver's #34 team, and moved crew chief Greg Conner to lead the #37 A&W All American Food team, which will have Dave Blaney at the wheel at Auto Club Speedway. Burns has been an integral member of the Long John Silver's team, serving as its lead engineer since the beginning of the 2009 season. He gained experience calling the shots for Kvapil's car earlier this year when he served as interim crew chief for the June race at Michigan International Speedway. Before coming to Front Row, Burns spent six years with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, providing engineering support to its three race teams.
Conner moves over to the A&W team after serving as crew chief of the Long John Silver's team for the past three months. The racing veteran has experience in all three of NASCAR's top series and has called races for drivers including Marcos Ambrose, Ricky Craven and Kevin Lepage. "We still have seven races to run and we want to make the most of them," said Bob Jenkins, owner of Front Row Motorsports. "I think the world of both of these guys, and having them in these positions now is going to make us stronger at the end of this season and also help prepare us for next year." Peter Sospenzo remains the crew chief for the #38 Taco Bell team - Front Row Motorsports' third car - which is driven by David Gilliland.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(10-6-2010)
Front Row sues Conway and Extenze: Front Row Motorsports is suing its former driver Kevin Conway and his sponsor Biotab Nutraceuticals, which sells Extenze, over alleged non-payment of part of a $5.4 million sponsorship deal for Conway to drive a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car in 2010. The lawsuit was filed Monday [Sept 13] in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte. A Front Row Motorsports spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit, which asks for damages to cover the $2.754 million that will eventually be due under the terms of the contract, payment of $734,201 in sponsorship fees, hard card fees, race licenses and other expenses for services rendered and $135,000 advanced to Conway as part of his base compensation. "It's really unfortunate that they've made some pretty outrageous allegations against us and the good thing is we'll have our day in court, and the truth will all come to light in the months ahead," Conway said in a phone interview Tuesday. "Unfortunately, I can't really comment on the specifics."
According to the complaint and contracts attached as exhibits, Extenze was to pay Conway's marketing company Exclaim $5.4 million in 50 weekly installments of $108,000, and that money was then to be sent to the race team. The $5.4 million was designed to cover the first 15 races, and then Extenze would have the option of funding the remaining 21 events through revenues generated by a product placement contract. The team would get 15% for product placement at dollar stores, retail stores or wholesale auto parts stores.
Conway's base compensation, according to a contract that is an exhibit in the lawsuit, was $540,000 plus 10% of any other sponsorships brought in for the car. He also would get paid 15% of all purse money and season point fund money, with the percentage increasing to 30% for any top-20, 35% for a top-10 and 45% for a top-five. Front Row was obligated to put Conway in a car that was in the top 35 in owner points, and if he failed to make the field in two consecutive races or any three during the season, the contract could be terminated. The deal between Conway and Front Row went sour during the summer, according to the complaint, when Exclaim allegedly began paying only half of its $108,000 payments beginning June 21. Exclaim is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Front Row notified Conway on Aug. 8 that he would not be back in the car beginning with the Aug. 15 race at Michigan if his sponsor could not pay its $108,000 weekly fee. Conway did not compete at Michigan but then ran the next three events for Robby Gordon Motorsports. He is scheduled to run seven of the final 10 events for RGM but will not be in the car this weekend because team owner Robby Gordon has sponsorship for the New Hampshire race. The lawsuit was filed by Charlotte attorney Ron Skufca, who represents the North Carolina-based Front Row Motorsports. Biotab is based in California.(SceneDaily)(9-15-2010)
Front Row could drop down to 2 teams in 2011: When asked about the future of the team's third car, the #38 squad that currently sits outside the top 35 in owner points, Front Row Motorsports Jerry Freeze didn't mince words. "It's a big question mark right now. Unless we have some phenomenal success in finding sponsorship, I don't see any way we can carry three cars next year. I think the likely scenario is that FRM will run two cars next year. We really like David [Gilliland] and Travis [Kvapil], we're planning on those guys coming back and we're talking with them about it, so that's the direction I think we'll be going in. Then again, maybe we start next year running that third car if it's in the top 35. If it's not, it may just go away." That said, the team is also very much aware of just how valuable team number three is. They know just how close they are to locking a third entry into the Sprint Cup field, and what that means from both a competitive and fiscal standpoint. "Now we get that car back in the top 35, we have a lot of options for next year," Freeze explains. "That's why we're working so hard ... I would bet the house that if we had a third car in the top 35 at the end of this year that we could find a driver with a sponsor to run the Daytona 500. That's a great-paying race, and could be a great value to FRM."(Frontstretch)(9-10-2010)
Crew changes at Front Row: A Front Row Motorsports crew chief swap will put NASCAR veteran Peter Sospenzo at the helm of the #37 Taco Bell Ford team of David Gilliland beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Randy Seals, who previously led Gilliland's team, will call the shots for teammate Dave Blaney in the #38 A&W All American Food Ford. The team and pit crew working under each crew chief will switch also.(FRM/Breaking Limits)(9-2-2010)
Gander Mountain colors for Gilliland: Gander Mountain, the outdoor lifestyle store, returns to sponsor the #37 Ford of Front Row Motorsports that David Gilliland will drive in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The green-and-red Gander Mountain paint scheme adorned the #37 car earlier this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Gilliland drove it to a 19th-place finish. Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 will be Gilliland's eighth start at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. His best qualifying effort at the "Tricky Triangle" is third and his top finish is 16th. "We debuted a new car last week at Indianapolis and, unfortunately, we didn't make the race, which was really disappointing. This car is the first chassis built in-house by Front Row Motorsports, and that's an important step for this team", said Gilliland.(Front Row Motorsports), see images of the scheme on my #37 Team Schemes page.(7-30-2010)
Front Row Working as One Team for Optimal Results: Using a unified approach to give its three-car team the best opportunities to continue to succeed as a whole, Front Row Motorsports announced changes to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series line-up effective this week for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team is moving Kevin Conway and the ExtenZe Racing sponsorship to the #34 Ford Fusion, David Gilliland and the Taco Bell program to the #37 Ford Fusion, and Travis Kvapil and the Long John Silver's program to the #38 Ford Fusion. The changes are aimed to optimize all three teams' ability to score more points and strengthen the organization. "I'm proud of how we've performed this year - our first year with three full-time cars," said Bob Jenkins, owner of Front Row Motorsports. "We are not a powerhouse three-car team, but we work as an organization to grow together as one. Our teams have to be unified to be stronger instead of operating as three separate groups. Moving our drivers, along with their respective sponsors, to different cars gives us the best chance to succeed as an entire team. It has been this attitude and strategic growth plan that has allowed us to become the team we are today." All three Front Row cars have made the starting lineup of all 12 Sprint Cup Series races in the 2010 season. The team is working with potential sponsors now to become stronger and take the next step to become a top-25 team.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(5-26-2010)
Darlington's 2009 Citizen of the Year Joins ExtenZe Racing as Honorary Crew Chief: Back in January at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet, a local chiropractor and philanthropist by the name of Dr. David Eads was honored as 2009 Citizen of the Year in recognition of his outstanding community service. For that, Eads has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will serve as Honorary Crew Chief for the leading NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe Racing team at the upcoming Darlington Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. A native of Charleston, Eads moved to Darlington in 1976 when his father became principal of St. Johns High School and since then has become very familiar with Darlington's generosity and its needs over the years. Despite being born elsewhere Eads says there's nowhere else he'd rather live and work. Eads career path was mapped out fairly early in his childhood as grew up best friends with the son of a prominent local chiropractor by the name of Dr. Joe Willis and spent a lot of time at the chiropractic office following in the footsteps of his friend's dad observing him with his patients. After graduating from Clemson, Eads joined Dr. Willis' practice in Darlington and then bought the practice when Willis retired. Now entering his 21st year of straightening of the aches and pains of friends and neighbors, Eads says the spinal care business has remained healthy but it's his love of community service that keeps him going. More info see www.ExtenZeRacing.com to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(5-6-2010)
Front Row Motorsports Partners with Rainier Ice: Beginning this weekend, Front Row Motorsports and race fans across the country will learn a little more about the Pacific Northwest's best-kept secret. The Stratford Bottling Company, with its bottled water brand Rainier Ice, is the newest partner of the team and drivers Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland. The Yakima, Washington-based company will provide its premium all-natural artesian water to the team for the rest of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The Rainier Ice logo will be featured on both the #34 A&W All American Food/Long John Silver's Ford driven by Kvapil and the #37/38 Taco Bell Ford driven by David Gilliland. Both drivers will also feature the logo on their uniforms.(Breaking Limits PR)(5-5-2010)
Richardson Ready to Run at 'Dega: Robert Richardson Jr. returns to the cockpit of a Front Row Motorsports Ford for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend - his second of three races with the team during the 2010 season. The college quarterback-turned-racer brings the colors of Mahindra USA Tractors to the #37 Ford Fusion for Sunday's race at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Richardson finished 31st in the season-opening Daytona 500 with Front Row [running their #38 Ford there] and will return to the team for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July. He brought home a top-20 finish in his first, and only other, Sprint Cup start at Talladega last fall when he finished 18th. Richardson Jr. on Talladega Superspeedway: "Front Row Motorsports has been a great fit for me, being able to come over from our Nationwide Series team of R3 Motorsports to a team on the Cup side with experienced drivers like Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland has been good for me this year. Being able to exchange notes with those guys definitely helps. Bob Jenkins has given me the opportunity to run their Sprint Cup car at Talladega, and also in Daytona in July. I'm just honored to have the couple of opportunities to run in the Sprint Cup series."(Front Row Motorsports)m Richardson Jr. is scheduled to run in whatever car # Gilliland is in at the time of the race, could be #37 or #38 deoending on owners points position.(4-23-2010)
Gilliland honoring fan killed in accident: #37-David Gilliland is paying tribute to the family of one of his biggest fans this weekend by racing in memory of a Tennessee teenager who was killed in a tragic accident. Jordan Dwomick, 14, died when more than 200 pounds of lumber fell on her while she was sunbathing and listening to music in the backyard of her home, according to this story. Four big boards somehow fell off a stack of lumber and onto Dwomick's back, neck and head Dwomick was "the daughter of a big and loyal fan of David's," according to Front Row Motorsports. Gilliland is honoring her by running a decal on his car at Phoenix this weekend that reads: "In Loving Memory, Jordan Dwomick."(SB Nation)(4-9-2010)
Soldier namesd 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and Honorary Crew Chief: While under intense attack, Army National Guard SSG. Brian Harrison, a Purple Heart recipient, kept his cool and provided essential cover fire so his team could exit a disabled Humvee and find safety while in Iraq. Because of this heroic feat, 26-year-old Harrison has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will be the ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chief during the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Harrison was the .50-caliber-machine gunner on the lead vehicle of a joint U.S./Iraqi Army patrol traveling in February 2007 from Al-Akmar to Muqdadiyah, Iraq. As they approached a vacated section of street, Harrison's team noticed three men with weapons moving into an alley. To seize the initiative, the soldiers decided to execute a flanking maneuver to thwart an ambush. But as Harrison's team drove down an alleyway they were met by a larger insurgent force and attacked. Harrison returned fire, but a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle. Shrapnel tore through the armored truck, immobilizing it and wounding Harrison in the left leg.
Separated from the rest of the U.S. patrol, and with smoke billowing up through the vehicle, Harrison - while bleeding profusely - kept shooting, thus helping to keep insurgents from overrunning the crippled Humvee. This allowed Harrison's team to exit the vehicle, find cover, and begin firing as they waited for help. When support arrived, Harrison paused briefly to put a tourniquet on his wounded leg and then continued firing. With insurgents multiplying and intensifying their attack from all directions, Harrison stayed with the .50-caliber gun and provided substantial support in three different directions to repel the enemy as his damaged vehicle was pulled to safety.
"Hearing Brian's story really makes you stop and think about the individuals we must thank every day for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love in this free country," said Conway, the leading Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year driver. "It's people like Brian, fighting for our continued freedom, who are true American heroes. It's hard to imagine what Brian endured, but we are very grateful for the courage and bravery he displayed that day and glad he is going to be cheering us on in Martinsville as part of our ExtenZe Racing team."
The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 37 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness. More info see www.ExtenZeRacing.com or to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(3-24-2010)
Gander Mountain Sponsors Gilliland at Martinsville: Gander Mountain will be the primary sponsor of Front Row Motorsports' #37 Sprint Cup entry at the Martinsville Speedway on March 28. The car will be piloted by David Gilliland, currently 35th in driver point standings in the Sprint Cup Series. Gander Mountain became a sponsor because of the number of NASCAR fans who also enjoy the outdoors, according to Steve Uline, Gander Mountain's executive vice president of marketing. The company will also sponsor Gilliland's car for the August 1 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. "David Gilliland is an avid outdoorsman, as are many NASCAR fans," Uline said. "One of David's favorite pastimes outside of NASCAR is fishing. He understands Gander Mountain's 'We Live Outdoors' culture and is the perfect driver to help us take our message to race fans." Gander Mountain, with 119 stores in 23 states, is the nation's largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services. The company offers thousands of products in its online store and now includes free standard shipping. In addition, the site now offers a firearms department with a broad selection of ammunition, rifles, handguns, shotguns and accessories. Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (www.overtons.com) a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits), see images of the car on my #37 Team Schemes page.(3-22-2010)
Congrats: to Marc Hendricksen, Race Engineer for Front Row Motorsports Car #37, who was married on Saturday, March 13, 2010 to Heather Anne Bartone at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC.(3-21-2010)
Man Who Risked Life in Church Hill, TN, Fire Named Honorary Crew Chief: Without a second thought, Gary Meade rushed to the aid of neighbors at a Church Hill, Tennessee, condominium fire and rescued an elderly man just moments before an explosion turned the residence into a raging inferno. For his heroic act, Meade has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will be the #37 ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chief at Bristol Motor Speedway for the March 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. More info see www.ExtenZeRacing.com or to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(3-20-2010)
Ft. Benning Soldier is Honorary Crew Chief for Atlanta: For the sacrifice made on behalf of his country, and the fortitude he has shown to prevail over a paralyzing wound, US Army Staff Sgt. Javier Villanueva has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will have the rare privilege of being the ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chief on March 7 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See full stoty and vote for a 'ExtenZe Local Hero' at extenzeracing.com.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(3-6-2010)
'ExtenZe Local Hero' / Honorary Crew Chief this week: Because of his bravery in saving neighbors from a condominium fire, ExtenZe Racing will honor Las Vegas resident Brian Morace, 37, as an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and give him the rare privilege of being an Honorary Crew Chief at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to local heroes who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those people selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of the individual's selflessness. For more info on the ExtenZe Local Hero and to nominate a Hero, go to ExtenZeRacing.com.
AND Gatorz announced the newest member to its line-up of premier professional athletes that sport the eyewear company's revolutionary sunglasses - leading Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway. As part of this deal, Conway's ExtenZe Racing crew members will all wear Gatorz cutting edge sunglasses too. In addition, the #37 ExtenZe Ford will adorn the Carlsbad, Calif. based eyewear manufacturer's logo on the B-post for the remainder of the season. For more information about Gatorz Eyewear and all the styles they have to offer please visit www.gatorz.com.(ExtenZe Racing Breaking Limits)(2-26-2010)
Ontario Policeman Chosen as Honorary #37 Crew Chief: Because he went above and beyond the call of duty in rendering aid to a young stabbing victim, ExtenZe Racing will honor Ontario Police Officer Mike Gonzales as an "ExtenZe Local Hero" and give him the rare privilege of being a Honorary Crew Chief at this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The "ExtenZe Local Hero" program pays tribute to local heroes who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those people selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of the individual's selflessness. Officer Gonzales has selected to donate his award to the Ontario Police Officer's Assoc. Widows and Orphans Fund. Gonzales will be presented with his recognition check on Sunday by Kevin Conway before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, and will then join Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo on the pit box. They will lend support to Conway while he is piloting the royal blue and red #37 ExtenZe Ford.(ExtenZe Racing/Breaking Limits)(2-17-2010)
Conway Prepares for Raybestos Rookie of the Year Run: Kevin Conway will begin his bid for the 2010 Rookie of the Year honor behind the #37 ExtenZe Racing Ford this weekend at the two-mile California Speedway. For Conway, the event will also be his first Sprint Cup start and it comes with Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. Conway has a fifth-place finish at California in the West Series in 2004 and an 18th-place finish in the Nationwide Series last fall. The #37 ExtenZe Racing team finished 29th in Sunday's Daytona 500 with Travis Kvapil behind the wheel. Conway will race this machine the rest of the season.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)
Kvapil Ready for 'Rough Racing' at Fontana: Travis Kvapil will have a new home and a new family for the Auto Club 500 this week: the #34 car and the Long John Silver's Racing team. Kvapil will hit the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, in the #34 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion - the car he is primarily slated to drive for the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season. Kvapil drove the #37 ExtenZe Racing Ford in the season-opening Daytona 500 in place of teammate Kevin Conway, bringing home a 29th-place finish for Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. The #34 car will also carry an associate sponsorship from Metal Jeans for the Auto Club 500.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(2-16-2010)
Jimmy Johnson Honorary Crew Chief of #37: Jimmy Johnson is joining ExtenZe Racing, No, not the four- time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, but the two-time Super Bowl champion and Fox NFL Sunday host. The newly named ExtenZe spokesman and star of the brand's upcoming commercials will be on hand at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 14, the day of the Daytona 500. Johnson will be there to announce an exciting new NASCAR-wide community relations program that ExtenZe will sponsor and to be Honorary Crew Chief for the day, sitting atop the pit box, cheering on the ExtenZe sponsored #37 Ford. NASCAR will also be treated to a Jimmie-and-Jimmy-Johnson photo shoot when the former NFL and college football coach and broadcaster presents Sprint Cup champion Johnson with a $5,000 donation from ExtenZe for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.(ExtenZe Racing/FRM)(2-14-2010)
Front Row cars in Top-35 UPDATE2 Alliance w/Yates Racing: Front Row Motorsports General Manager Jerry Freeze told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Tuesday that negotiations are underway to give all three of the team's Fords guaranteed start status for the first five races of 2010. "We've been working on this for several weeks," he said. "There are still some details to be ironed out, but we have a really close relationship with (Yates Racing owner) Doug Yates and Ford. This is something we've been working on with them, and I hope to have things buttoned up and ready to announce in a couple of days." Freeze said driver Robert Richardson, III, will attempt to qualify FRR's new #38 Ford for the Daytona 500 as part of a three-race sponsorship with Mahindra Tractors that includes both Daytona races and the spring race at Talladaga. David Gilliland will run a majority of the schedule for the team with sponsorship from Taco Bell, and Freeze said "a couple of races" have been left open for a possible limited return by the team's 2009 #34 driver, John Andretti.(Sirius Speedway)(1-19-2010)
UPDATE: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that talks are underway between Yates Racing and Front Row Motorsports to enable a transfer of owner's points that would lock all three Front Row Motorsports Fords into the first five races of the 2010 season. Reliable sources say Front Row Motorsports will assume the owner's points accrued last season by Yates' #96 and #98 Fords, which finished 31st and 33rd respectively in the final 2009 owner's standings. Talks are reportedly in their preliminary stages, but are progressing rapidly with an eye toward completing the deal by midweek. It is expected that in order for the dagreement to pass muster with NASCAR, Yates Racing owner Doug Yates will have to assume a minority ownership stake in Front Row Motorsports. Front Row's #34 car is already a guaranteed starter in the first five races after finishing 35th in owner's points a year ago.(Sirius Speedway)
Front Row Motorsports Announces Partnership with Doug Yates UPDATE: Solidifying an ownership alliance with Doug Yates and Yates Racing, Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins announces a name change to the organization. With the addition of Yates, the team will now officially be titled Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. Doug Yates will be the listed owner of the #37 and #38 Ford Fusions, with Bob Jenkins remaining the listed owner of the #34 Ford Fusion. The team will remain headquartered in Statesville, N.C. The alliance secures all three entries into the top 35 in owner points heading into the opening weekend of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. It also reunites Yates with his former drivers David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil. "There has been a lot of movement this past off-season inside the sport," said Yates. "The opportunity came up with Bob (Jenkins) and to continue in the ownership role. I didn't have to think long about making this decision. Bob is really putting together a strong team this season and has done so over the past few seasons. He's been smart and making all the right moves as an owner. He's capitalized on the changes in the sports landscape and has built a solid team with great factory support and drivers. That's what excited me about making this move. I had already learned a lot about Bob and the Front Row team over the past two months with their involvement with Ford Racing and leasing engines from Roush/Yates Engines. They are a fast-improving team and this move allows me to carry on the Yates Racing legacy created by my father over 20 years ago."
"There has been so much that has happened for us in the past two months," said Jenkins. "But, having Doug come on board is a big piece of our puzzle coming together heading into this season. He brings such a family tradition of winning and a lot of confidence to everyone here. His relationships with Ford Racing, Roush/Yates Engines, David and Travis immediately make us a stronger team."(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits), the #98 RPM Ford team of Paul Menard would use the #44 Owners Points from 2009, which ranked 24th. See the way it looks right now on my 2010 Owners Points Stadings for 1st Five races page to see how things are shaking out.(2-1-2010)
Andretti in #34 at Daytona: John Andretti will drive the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford as one of three entries from the newly expanded team in the 2010 Daytona 500. Andretti will also race in the Budweiser Shootout. Andretti's eligible for the season-opening special event due to winning Daytona's 1997 mid-summer Cup race, the Pepsi 400. Travis Kvapil, who's signed to wheel the #34 the rest of the season, will drive FRM's #37 at Daytona in place of rookie Kevin Conway, who NASCAR wouldn't approve to race on the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Robert Richardson Jr. will drive the team's third full-time car, the #38. A Nationwide Series regular, Richardson will drive the season's first three restrictor-plate races for FRM. Kvapil will switch to the #34 at Fontana the second week of the season; Conway will drive the #37; and David Gilliland will step into the #38, which he'll drive in the majority of this season's races. Team owner Bob Jenkins said Andretti, who secured the #34's locked-in spot in the top 35 to start this season in the 34 races he ran for FRM in 2009, will also do a handful of other races this season in the #38.(NASCAR.com), hearing that Window World will sponsor Andretti and the #34 Ford in Daytona, at the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500. Window World sponsored Andretti in five races in 2009 on the #34 and in the Indy 500.(2-1-2010)
Front Row could have three cars in Top-35: Front Row Motorsports General Manager Jerry Freeze told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Tuesday that negotiations are underway to give all three of the team's Fords guaranteed start status for the first five races of 2010. "We've been working on this for several weeks," he said. "There are still some details to be ironed out, but we have a really close relationship with (Yates Racing owner) Doug Yates and Ford. This is something we've been working on with them, and I hope to have things buttoned up and ready to announce in a couple of days." Freeze said driver Robert Richardson, III, will attempt to qualify FRR's new #38 Ford for the Daytona 500 as part of a three-race sponsorship with Mahindra Tractors that includes both Daytona races and the spring race at Talladaga. David Gilliland will run a majority of the schedule for the team with sponsorship from Taco Bell, and Freeze said "a couple of races" have been left open for a possible limited return by the team's 2009 #34 driver, John Andretti.(Sirius Speedway)(1-19-2010)
Conway not yet approved for Daytona 500: Front Row Motorsports rookie Kevin Conway might have to begin his quest for Sprint Cup rookie honors sometime after the Daytona 500. NASCAR has not yet given Conway approval to race a Cup car at Daytona International Speedway, a NASCAR spokesman confirmed Monday. Conway has no restrictor-plate starts in any of the three NASCAR national touring series and none in the Automobile Racing Club of America. Typically, NASCAR would require a driver to have a start in a restrictor-plate race in another series or have raced in another elite, high-speed form of racing before making a Cup debut at Daytona. A Front Row Motorsports spokesman said the team is in talks with NASCAR about his certification for Daytona. Conway has 25 starts in the Nationwide Series, with one start at a 2-mile track. He finished 18th at Auto Club Speedway in California last October.(SceneDaily)(1-19-2010)
Both Front Row Motorsports teams locked in top-35? Kevin Conway has only 25 career Nationwide Series starts and a career-best finish of 15th, but he's going to find himself on the starting grid of the Daytona 500. The 31-year-old North Carolina native will drive for Front Row Motorsports [ran #34-Andretti and #37-Raines/Kvapil] in 2010, and he said Saturday that his team is locked into the first five races of the season thanks to the points earned by John Andretti last year. Conway's teammate, Travis Kvapil, is also expected to be locked in to the first five races after obtaining owner points from another top-35 team [#96-Hall of Fame Ford team?]. Conway will bring sponsor Extenze to the team and also will have other sponsors to announce Tuesday. Peter Sospenzo will be his crew chief. Conway hopes manufacturers support from Ford and having Kvapil as a teammate will help him drive well enough to crack the top 35 in owners points and not have to qualify for races on speed. Conway, how has been racing since he was 6 years old, comes from a racing background as his uncle was an engineer at Robert Yates Racing and Penske Racing.(SceneDaily), a few owners points sceneios for the #37 team could be either the #44 Richard Petty Motorsports team that had to close when RPM merged with Yates Racing and will be Fords. The #96 Hall of Fame Racing Ford team which has not announced any 2010 plans OR maybe it could be the #26 team which a 'new' owner bought from Roush, who had to get rid of the 5th team. Unlikely that the #07 RCR Chevy team, which shut down with no sponsor, would make a deal with a Ford team.(1-18-2010)
Front Row Motorsports Announces 2010 Plans: Front Row Motorsports announced it will continue its growth by adding an additional full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup program in 2010. The teams will be the newest members of Ford Racing and receive engines from Roush/Yates Racing Engines and technical support from Ford Racing. "We're pleased to have Front Row Motorsports switching to Ford for the 2010 season," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "We have said all along that we wanted to add additional teams to our program, and are pleased Front Row will transition to Ford cars, engines and technology support in 2010. We welcome Front Row to the Ford family and will do all we can to assist them, and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship."
The team also confirmed that Travis Kvapil will pilot the Long John Silver's Ford [supposedly #34] and Kevin Conway, who will compete for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, will drive a second full-time entry in the Sprint Cup Series with sponsorship [supposedly #37 Extenze] to be announced in the coming weeks. Both teams will make their debut at the Daytona 500 in February. "Obviously this is the next step for our guys and the organization," said Bob Jenkins, team owner. "To have support from Ford, along with the quality engines from Roush/Yates, this is a big leap forward for us. Travis is a champion and a veteran of this series. We expect him to take us to the next level and at the same time be a great mentor to Kevin who is competing for rookie of the year. I have confidence that they can help us get to the next level."
Kvapil, 33, returns to the Sprint Cup Series after a successful 2008 season at Yates Racing where he finished 23 in driver in points with four top-10 finishes. He has a total of six top-10 finishes and one pole on his Sprint Cup resume. Kvapil is also the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. "It's great to be back racing on the Sprint Cup tour again with Front Row Motorsports and Ford Racing," said Kvapil. "This is a team that created a real solid base last year. They have a lot of talented guys at the shop and the addition of Ford and their support will only allow the guys to get better. I have experience with Ford and Roush/Yates Racing Engines and I feel good about what we can do on the track this season."
Conway, 30, will make his Sprint Cup Series debut with Front Row Motorsports this season. He has experience at various levels of NASCAR racing including numerous starts in the Nationwide Series in 2009. His goal is to compete for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. "This is a great opportunity to compete at the highest levels of NASCAR," said Conway. "The goal is to gain experience as quickly as possible with the cars and compete for solid finishes as the season goes along. Having Travis as a teammate and being backed by Ford and Roush/Yates Racing Engines gives me a lot of confidence that we can perform up to the highest standards."(FRM/Breaking Limits)(1-6-2010)
Full time gig for Kvapil UPDATE 2 to Ford: per a Twitter post, supposedly by driver Travis Kvapil: I'm happy to announce my return to a full timeCup ride for 2010!! More details to follow. I can't wait to get back on track!".
Rumor had Kvapil in one of the Front Row Motorsports [#34, #37] cars in 2010. Kvapil drove a few races in the #37 Dodge/Chevy late in the 2009 season and John Andretti was in the #34 Chevy for 34 of the 36 races.(12-30-2009)
UPDATE: Travis Kvapil told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Wednesday that he will run the full 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for Front Row Motorsports. Steven Lane will serve as crewchief on the car - expected to be the #34 - with a new manufacturer to be announced in the near future. The team ran primarily Chevy's [#34 Chevy in every race, #37 a mixed bag] livery a year ago, with Dodges entered in selected events. "It will be a full-time, two- car operation next season," said Kvapil, "but I can't really say anything more until all the details are finalized. That's all for the team to announce." Sources tell Sirius Speedway that former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Conway will fill the seat of the second Front Row Motorsports entry [which was the #37 in 2009, could run the #37, #23 or #70 in 2010], with sponsorship from Extenze Men's Health Supplement.(Sirius Speedway)(12-31-2009)
UPDATE 2: Front Row Motorsports will run under the Ford Motorsports banner in 2010 with Travis Kvapil driving the #34 with Steven Lane as his crew chief. Kevin Conway will pilot the #37 Ford with a crew chief to be named. Conway, 31, ran 12 races with the Extenze sponsorship in the Nationwide Series last season for three different owners -- Joe Nemechek, Robert Richardson and Dusty Whitney. His best finish was 15th at Kentucky in the #87 Chevy. The short list for Conway's crew chief candidates include Peter Sospenzo, who worked with Tony Raines on the #37 last season, as well as Larry Carter and Derrick Findley.(FoxSports)(1-1-2010)
Kvapil talking to Front Row, but still looking: Travis Kvapil could drive for Front Row next year when that organization plans to expand to two full-time teams. "Nothing yet," Kvapil said. "I talked to the guys here at Front Row, and it sounds like they're definitely interested in putting something together, but really we haven't had any negotiation. We haven't done anything to put any sort of agreement together. I've been talking to a lot of teams. There's not a lot of opportunities out there. These guys, I really like the direction they're going. They've got some things in the works to make them a better team manufacturer-wise, technical-wise."(SceneDaily)(11-25-2009)
Miccosukee to sponsor #37 at Homestead: SPEED's Hermie Sadler reported on NASCAR Live that #37-Travis Kvapil will carry the colors of Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort as the car normally sponsored by Miccosukee failed to qualify for the race when David Streem spun on his qualifying lap Friday for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(11-21-2009)
Kvapil to Front Row ride in 2010 UPDATE: Travis Kvapil, who failed to qualify the #37 Front Row Motorsports Dodge at Charlotte and started and parked at Martinsville the following week, is expected to run the #37 car [Chevy? Dodge?] full-time in 2010.(FoxSports)(11-7-2009)
UPDATE: Front Row Motorsports plans to field two NASCAR Sprint Cup cars full time in 2010, but who will drive them is still to be determined, team owner Bob Jenkins said Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Jenkins also said the team likely will change manufacturer from its current Chevy [Dodge is also used with #37 team sometimes]. He wouldn't name which manufacturer the team was going to use. "We've identified a lot of areas of our program where we can improve without spending a ton of money," Jenkins said. "I think  is going to be a good year for us. ... The economy has helped our team. Our business model is not built [around] a $20 million sponsor. People have become available, equipment has become available." As far as drivers, Jenkins said he has been happy with John Andretti keeping the #34 team in the top 35 in owners points. It is 35th with a 135-point cushion [now 117 points] on the Red Bull Racing #82 team of Scott Speed. The #37 car has attempted 25 Cup races this year. Whether Andretti and Raines return remains to be seen. Travis Kvapil and David Stremme are the drivers most often mentioned as potential candidates for that ride. "We've talked to six guys, plus we're pretty happy with John and Tony," Jenkins said. "It's not like we're looking to change across the board or anything. We've talked to all the usual suspects. We're going to try to narrow it down over the next couple of weeks. We haven't had any serious discussions with anybody. I'm pretty loyal to the guys that we have. I want to get through this season, see where things stand, take a breath and then figure out what we want to do. It's been hard to be critical because John has done exactly what we've asked him to do. Same thing with Tony. I don't know if you will see any dramatic changes, but we will add the second [full-time] car next year."(SceneDaily)(11-9-2009)
Conway to attempt Phoenix triple: Kevin Conway and ExtenZe Racing announced that they will attempt to run all three NASCAR national series races - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (no team named or mentioned), NASCAR Nationwide Series (#26 ExtenZe Chevy) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (#71 ExtenZe Chevy) - at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend. Conway has never raced at Phoenix International Raceway, much less competed in NASCAR's top three divisions in one weekend, but he is set to attempt to qualify for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at the one-mile oval. "I've never been accused of doing things normally," said Conway. "To make my Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at a track that I have never even seen is pretty ambitious but I am excited to have this opportunity with ExtenZe. For ExtenZe Racing to pull this together in such a short amount of time is nothing short of a miracle. Everyone on this ExtenZe team is pumped to give it our best shot in Phoenix." ExtenZe will appear as Conway's primary sponsor in all three races. Together they will attempt to compete in 850 miles of racing at Phoenix International Raceway.(ExtenZe Racing PR)(11-6-2009)
Hamlin not approved to run at California: Kevin Hamlin had been scheduled to drive the Front Row Motorsports #37 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. However, according to SPEED's qualifying coverage, NASCAR did not approve him to race. Even though he has driven at California before and on superspeedways, NASCAR determined that he did not have enough experience in the COT to make his first Sprint Cup start at California. Tony Raines took over the ride, but did not qualify.(10-10-2009)
More on Kevin Hamlin's Cup debut: Kevin Hamlin will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in the Front Row Motorsports #37 Long John Silver's Dodge. Bob Jenkins, owner of the Front Row Motorsports entry, has given the thirty year old driver his first opportunity to compete in motorsport's top series for Sunday's Price Chopper 400. The #37 Dodge Avenger is currently in 45th in owner points. Hamlin must qualify the Long John Silver's Dodge in on time to make the race. "For Mr. Jenkins to give me this opportunity is a dream come true. Front Row Motorsports has made huge strides this year with the dedication that Jerry Freeze and the entire Front Row team has put towards it, and hopefully we can get the car in the show. I look forward to working with Peter (Sospenzo) and appreciate the confidence he has in me. I like Kansas, it's where I got my first truck start in 2005," noted Hamlin. He has two previous starts at Kansas Speedway, both in 2005, in the Craftsman Truck Series and the Nationwide Series.
Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo is looking forward to working with Hamlin at Kansas and California, "We're real excited about Kevin being in the car for Kansas and California. We have to qualify in to race, but Kevin can do it. He has experience in a truck and Nationwide car at Kansas, and his experience testing in the Cup car will really be beneficial for his first time in a Cup race. Kevin's a young guy with a lot of enthusiasm and he has a great attitude." Hamlin is no stranger to Front Row Motorsports, he can be found during most Sprint Cup races spotting for FRM's John Andretti. Hamlin has also practiced and qualified the team's Nationwide Series entry driven by Tony Raines on non-companion race weekends when Raines had conflicts traveling between a Sprint Cup and Nationwide track. During the week Hamlin is a test driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, putting in laps on various tracks and straight line testing for the team's Sprint Cup program. Hamlin was heavily involved in testing during the development of the Car of Tomorrow.(Rising Star Management)(9-30-2009)
Hamlin in the #37 at Kansas and California: From Kevin Hamlin's website: "I get the opportunity to drive the #37 Long John Silver's Cup car starting at Kansas this week, and again next week in California. It's a really cool deal for Front Row Motorsports owner Bob and Brad Jenkins to let me jump in the car. After testing CoT cars since about day 1 at Earnhardt-Ganassi, it'll be great to get my first race opportunity. A huge thanks to Tony Raines also, it's his ride and he had no problem jumping out of the car for two weeks to throw me a bone. I spot for him in the Nationwide races that I don't drive, and we golf together quite a bit. He says I owe him a year supply of Pro v1 golf balls for helping me out, something I'm happy to oblige to do!".(KevinHamlin.com)(9-29-2009)
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